Paving a continuous path from homelessness to independent, sustainable living
First Stop, Inc.
Table for 8 $500.00
Executive Table $1000.00
(Includes Premium Seats, VIP Suite & Wine Reception, and Recognition)
Individual Seat $70.00
FIRST STOP'S mission is to pave a continuous path from homelessness to independent, sustainable living for our clients.
First Stop is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. A portion of your ticket purchase and any donations made at this event are tax-deductible.
After an All American high school football career, Bill Searcey went on to play for legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant at the University of Alabama, and was a member of two national championship teams in 1978 & 1979. After college, Bill played in both the USFL and NFL, but his life took a tragic turn after football. He became entangled with drugs and alcohol and eventually, found himself living on the streets as a homeless resident of Birmingham, Alabama.
Bill's book High Tide: A Story of Football, Freefall, and Forgiveness chronicles his journey from homeless and addicted to redemption and recovery. You can hear more of his story from his radio interview at the YouTube link to the right. We are delighted to have Bill speak with us on August 19.
From 1951 to 2009, the site of Campus No. 805 helped to educate thousands of students in Huntsville and Madison County, creating an academic and athletic legacy that will live on for generations to come.
The Stone Center building at Campus No. 805 first took shape as S.R. Butler High School, named in honor of Samuel Riley Butler. It began as a county school in 1951 and became part of the city school system in 1956. In 1967, Butler High relocated from this site at the intersection of Clinton Avenue, Governors Drive and Triana Boulevard to nearby Holmes Avenue, and this location became the home of the new Roy L. Stone Middle School.
The Huntsville City School system closed Stone Middle School in 2009 and put the property on the market to sell. It took five years to find a buyer. In 2014, developer Randy Schrimsher purchased the property to create a unique development that would preserve the legacy of the school and offer a dynamic entertainment venue for the community.
Straight to Ale Brewery and Yellowhammer Brewery were the first tenants to sign on for the new project. Architects and interior designers Matheny-Goldmon were tasked with updating the school building and designing new brewery, restaurant, entertainment and retail spaces to blend in with the campus look and feel.
The project became Campus No. 805. The name pays homage to memories held by thousands of students, teachers, parents and administrators that were part of this campus, and to the West Huntsville neighborhood by claiming the last three digits of their zip code - 35805. To recapture and preserve the athletic fields, the City of Huntsville created an urban park with a recreational lawn that connects the new and old buildings. The public park is appropriately named S.R. Butler Green. In 2016, Huntsville’s Historic Preservation Consultant recognized the 13-acre project for its preservation and adaptive reuse of an important community place.